Student Surprise Delivering British Flowers to Downing Street!

The Prime Minister could welcome Wednesday of British Flowers Week with a smile as floristry students from Capel Manor College delivered a huge urn brimming with beautiful British blooms and a bundle of buttonholes to his famous residence at No.10 Downing Street this morning. Little did our four students know that there would be a huge surprise waiting for them at the front door...

Made entirely of home-grown varieties from New Covent Garden Flower Market, kindly donated by Zest Flowers, GB Foliage and an urn from C Best, we followed the flowers as they were carefully carried through Downing Street by students Collette Chester, Priti Rawal, Max Davey, Vanessa Smith and their tutor Claire Curtis.


Thanks to a long stream of emails and a little sweet-talking, Brian Wills-Pope, Chair of the BFA, managed to bag the fantastic opportunity to not only have photos taken outside but to be given a guided tour of the house itself!



Pictured, left to right: tutor Claire Curtis, students Max Davey, Collette Chester, Priti Rawal, Vanessa Smith and BFA Chair Brian Wills-Pope

"It's surreal. I'll probably only really realise tomorrow! Today I've got aching cheeks from smiling so much!" said Vanessa after the surprise visit.

Whilst taking a stroll through the PM's back garden, floristry tutor Claire said, "I really didn't think I'd be smelling the roses out here, I was too busy thinking about our own flowers!"


The entirely British arrangement, crafted with love by the team of Level 1 & 3 students, was displayed in the main entrance of the mansion and were left with a card to Mr Cameron which read, "To the Prime Minister in celebration of British Flowers Week. This arrangement has been designed by students at Capel Manor College using British flowers and foliage from New Covent Garden Market."


We asked our tour guide whether fresh flowers are regularly delivered to Downing Street, he replied that there are "plants scattered with austerity"! He explained that 150 people work at No.10, but that doesn't include the PM's cat who enjoyed lots of attention from our students.

"It's been incredible. We came together as a team and worked really hard to pull it off. It's been amazing and we even got to stroke Larry the cat!" gushed Collette once we were back outside.


Claire, who tells us there are 200 floristry students at Capel Manor in total, said, "What an amazing, unexpected tour. The students worked really hard to make beautiful flowers for the PM, it was such a great opportunity and experience for them."

The event, which wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for Brian of the BFA, stunned our students and was a brilliant way to celebrate New Covent Garden Market's British Flowers Week. Brian commented, "I'll jump at every opportunity I get to showcase floristry as a profession. I'm very keen on education so I'm so pleased to give students the chance to show off their talents. Hopefully we'll be able to do it again!"

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